|Birth: ||Jun. 16, 1938|
|Death: ||Dec. 14, 2012|
Born Leah Florence Smith on June 16, 1938, to Vester and Nellie Smith in Winfield, Ala., Florence was their second of four children, and is survived by her brother, Dexter Smith, a resident of Winfield, Ala., and her sister, Helen Martin whom resides in Santa Clarita.
Her family relocated to Oxnard in 1947, where she grew up on Silver Stand Beach. Florence attended Oxnard High School and married her high school sweetheart Ken Gorenflo. The two were married in 1956 for 24 years and had three children, Debbie, Bob and Sheri.
Florence was a homemaker and enjoyed a long career as a bookkeeper. She worked for Ferro Family Properties, Saticoy Berry for over 30 years retiring in 2004. She also worked for H&R Block as a seasonal Tax Preparer for eight years in Ventura and then continued with H&R Block for another seven years after retiring and moving to Bullhead City, Ariz. She was affectionatly called working Nana by her five grandchildren before retiring at 72 years of age.
In 1984, Florence met and married Bob Deutsch and remained together for 20 years until his passing in 2009. She enjoyed family gatherings with his four children and their grandchildren and loved them as if they were her own. Florence was a very giving and compassionate person.
She enjoyed traveling and never missed an opportunity to see something new. She had an active community social life in both Oxnard and Bullhead City, as a member of the Eagles Club in Oxnard and the Senior Circle in Bullhead City. She enjoyed sewing, soap making, cooking Hot Air balloons, tacos and playing bingo, AND she was very lucky in the Bingo parlor! She loved her most precious pup dog Spencer and he loved and watched over her.
On December 14, 2012, Florence lost her battle with cancer and passed through this life to join her mother, father and youngest brother, Randy Martin Smith. Florence is survived by her children, Debbie Nunez and granddaughter Racine; Bob Gorenflo and grandchildren, Joey and Nicole; Sheri and Dave Wilhelm and grandchildren Davy and Kenny.
"We little knew that morning that God was going to to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It has broken our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone: for part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide; and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same; but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again." (The Broken Chain)
Please join the family for the memorial service on Saturday, December 22, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. at the Conejo Mountain Funeral Home, 2052 Howard Road, Camarillo, CA 93012. A reception will immediately follow at the Conejo Mountain Community Room. We would be honored for you to join us as we celebrate the life of Leah Florence Smith.
Published in Ventura County Star from December 20 to December 23, 2012
Created by: Every Person Counts
Record added: Dec 23, 2012
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